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Saturday, January 09, 2016

Definitions for offing

  1. the more distant part of the sea seen from the shore, beyond the anchoring ground.
  2. a position at a distance from shore.
  3. in the offing, a. at a distance but within sight. b. in the projected future; likely to happen: A wedding is in the offing.

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Citations for offing
The offing was barred by a black band of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the outermost ends of the earth flowed sombre under an overcast sky--seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness. Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, 1902
I, poor miserable Robinson Crusoe, being shipwrecked, during a dreadful storm, in the offing, came on shore on this dismal unfortunate island, which I called the Island of Despair, all the rest of the ship's company being drowned, and myself almost dead. Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, 1719
Origin of offing
Offing is formed from the adverb off meaning "away from a place" and the suffix -ing. It entered English in the early 1600s.